Vision Rehabilitation for Seniors

Vision rehabilitation provides the tools and training to maintain independence after vision loss. This field offers a broad range of professional services, such as low vision evaluation, vision loss counseling, training in independent living skills and orientation and mobility, reading and writing skills, and vocational rehabilitation.
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Vision Rehabilitation: Introduction

For The Record, 19(5), 2007
Sensory loss can diminish the quality of life for older adults, and this article discusses how rehabilitation can help.
Rehabilitation Professional Journal, Spring 2001
What to expect when undertaking low vision rehabilitation: the low vision exam, functional history, various rehab plans and low vision systems; includes case studies.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Helpful suggestions for navigating the vision rehabilitation system and getting the best possible services.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
A brief introduction to vision-related rehabilitation services;available in English and Spanish.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
An overview of the assistance available to older adults, including rehabilitation and community support agencies; available in English and Spanish.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
An overview of the specialties of rehabilitation professionals, and how to find them through community vision rehabilitation agencies.
Vision rehabilitation services: what they are and how to find them.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
An overview of the value of vision rehabilitation and advice for advocating for public support for the services.

Connecting with Vision Rehabilitation Services

A resource area specifically for older adults with vision loss—classes, organizations, support groups, and other organizations.

Research: Vision Rehabilitation

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
This literature review explores various service delivery and financing models for vision rehabilitation, and examines evidence on its effectiveness in comparison to rehabilitation for other chronic impairments.

Vision Rehabilitation Professionals: Advice & Resources

The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice
Assessing low vision, providing clinical services, and establishing an adaptive training and instructional program, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration.
Can J Ophthalmol 2006;41:340–7 (abstract)
The importance of including occupational therapy as part of a multi-disciplinary approach to vision rehabilitation.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
This 257-page report reviews statistics on need for, use of, and effectiveness of vision rehabilitation services, and examines training and practice guidelines.